The Loveliest Village on the Plains will soon be recreated in gingerbread as The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center prepares to hold their unveiling of the Gingerbread Village on Thursday, Dec. 4.
An annual event, the first Auburn gingerbread village was created in 2009. At the time, it only featured only three buildings – Samford Hall, the Auburn University chapel and the Auburn train depot. Since its origin, the event has rapidly grown in size and attendance.
The village is created through a partnership between the hotel and the Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction. Auburn students create the framework for the houses using LiDAR technology. After the framework is constructed, hotel workers make the village come to life with gingerbread, candy and icing.
“Each building for this year's village took three days each to assemble by the culinary team at the hotel,” said Allison Duke, marketing and social media manager for The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. “They measured the framework and prepared the gingerbread pieces for the structures. It takes approximately 200 pounds of gingerbread to create the village. They use a special royal icing to apply for the gingerbread to the frame work and then add the additional details and candy accents.”
The gingerbread village features popular buildings from both the Auburn University campus and the Auburn area. In addition to the original buildings, this year’s village will include The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, the Auburn University president’s house, the Jule Collins Smith Museum, Cater Hall, Langdon Hall, Hargis Hall and the Cary Center.
The 2014 Gingerbread Village will be unveiled on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. at the hotel’s Conference Center Pre-Function Foyer. Attendees will be able to view the Gingerbread Village while enjoying hot cocoa and eating cookies. A bell choir will be on hand to provide seasonal music.
The village will be displayed through New Year’s Day.
All photos courtesy of The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center's Facebook page.